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Baylor College receives $300,000 from Avon for breast cancer

The Avon Foundation for Women has donated a $300,000 grant to the Baylor College of Medicine for research into breast cancer metastasis.

Baylor College is the home of the Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute-designated facility, where scientists are looking at how breast cancer cells move from the original tumor to the brain.

"This a very serious, and most fatal aspect of breast cancer. Presently, we cannot cure it. ...The objective of this study is to detect, visualize and characterize molecular signatures of those circulating tumors cells that target the brain," said Dr. Dario Marchetti, a pathology and immunology professor at BCM.

In the U.S. alone, more than 200,000 women were newly diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, according to the American Cancer Society. Women over the age of 40 should receive yearly mammograms.
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